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I can’t take full credit for this recipe.  My inspirational recipe was Maria Emmerich’s “Healthified Sub” recipe. I changed the water, added yeast for flavor and of course, added some Einkorn flour.  Oh, I also reduced the salt.

Man, the house smells like a bakery while these are baking…..you know that smell!  These rose nicely, have a chewy crust and have a very nice texture inside, as you can see in the photo  above.  They have the mouth feel and taste of real yeast bread, perhaps a wee bit more firm and “elastic”, but not unpleasantly so.  These were simply DELICIOUS!!  I got 8 pretzels from this recipe.   Being made with psyllium, these are VERY filling. 🙂

It goes without saying this recipe, with a bit of flour, is not suitable until you reach the grains rung of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder in  Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance.  I order my Einkorn Flour from JovialFoods.com.  I order my NOW psyllium husk powder from Netrition.com.

If you want a lower carb bun, either reduce the Einkorn flour, or I just make Maria’s bun as her recipe is written (no Einkorn flour at all), but I would still add the yeast and pinch of sugar, as that adds a lovely yeast taste and aroma to these buns.   As you can see by my picture, I’m not as talented with “shaping” pretzels as some. LOL  Must work on that.  But the dough is somewhat difficult to work with.  sounds like a good excuse to me.  🙂

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INGREDIENTS:  

1½ c. almond flour

5 T. psyllium husk powder (I use NOW brand; ABSOLUTELY DO NOT USE  KONSYL BRAND!)

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. dry yeast

¼ c. Einkorn Flour (for gluten free version, substitute either 1/4 c. certified gluten-free oat flour or  Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten Free Bake Mix)

Pinch sugar (consumed by yeast)

2½ T. apple cider vinegar

3 egg whites

1 c. boiling water

OPTIONAL:  1 egg white to glaze tops for a sheen.  Coarse-ground sea salt (I used Himalayan Pink Sea Salt).

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Line a sheet pan with silicone sheet or parchment. Mix all the dry ingredients (including yeast) in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well to be sure it is uniformly mixed.  Boil water.  Mix the egg whites and vinegar in a small bowl with a fork and add all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir quickly with the fork, to make a thick dough.  Pour the 1 c. boiling water over the dough all at once and using the fork, stir quickly into a smooth mixture.  Now, using a rubber spatula and continue to stir quickly and fold as it thickens up.   Scoop out about 1/3 c. dough, roll on a silicone sheet into a 1/2″ “rope”.  Shape your pretzel, making two rings with a twist in the middle.  Repeat for other 7 pretzels. Place on the parchment/silicone lined pan fairly close together and pop into preheated 350º oven for a total of 45 minutes. If using egg wash, remove pan at 30 minutes cook time,  beat 1 egg white with 1 T. water and brush tops.  Sprinkle with coarse cracked salt.  Pop back into the oven and finish baking for about 15 minutes longer or until as brown as you desire.  Cool on pans before eating, as centers seem somewhat pack-y and “wet” if you don’t wait.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 pretzels, each contains:

154.4 cals, 10.6g fat,12.6g carbs, 6.98g fiber, 5.62g NET CARBS,6.53g protein, 193 mg sodium

 

 

 

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Einkorn Dinner Rolls (2)

These are my best dinner roll creation on low-carb to date.  Soft inside; slightly chewy crust and a marvelous flavor!  And they rose up nicer than any I’ve made before, too!

My husband even liked these hot out of the oven with butter, and he’s hard to please low-carb wise.  These have a nice mouth feel one finds in a traditional yeast bread.  I even included some dissolved yeast but that’s just added for flavor.

These make very nice sliders for lunch, too.  Here’s a close-up on the smooth texture:

I order my non-GMO Einkorn flour direct from Jovial Foods.  Some have found it at Safeway and other stores, but I’ve not been so lucky.  Einkorn is real, ancient wheat, that has not been hybridized.  I use only the tiniest amounts in the occasional baked goods recipes.  It brings so much texture and flavor for little carbs if used sparingly to enhance alternate flours.  This recipe is not suitable until you are near goal weight (Pre-Maintenance).

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VARIATION:   Sprinkle some of my 8-Seed Blend on tops of the rolls before baking:

DRY INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

2 T. Einkorn flour

½ c. egg white protein powder (I use NOW brand)

2 T. oat fiber

2 T. coconut flour

1 T. baking powder

2 T. golden flax meal (dark flax or a mixture can be used for a darker, nuttier-tasting bread)

¼ tsp. sea salt

3 T. psylium husk powder (I use NOW brand)

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. dry yeast dissolved in 2 T. warm water + pinch sugar (consumed by yeast)

5 eggs, beaten

3 T. olive oil

¼ c. egg whites (I used the ones in a carton)

½ c. boiling water (added last)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease or oil a standard muffin tin and set aside.    Dissolve yeast in 2 T. warm water and add a tiny pinch sugar.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, measure out all dry ingredients.  Stir well.  In another medium bowl, add the first 5 wet ingredients (all but the boiling water) and beat with a fork.  Add the dissolved yeast mixture to the wet ingredients and stir.   Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat well using a rubber spatula. Slowly add the boiling water to the batter and stir to blend. Batter will be lumpy.  Now, using a whisk, beat until batter is smoother (about 15 times is all it should take).  Spoon batter into greased muffin tin cups 3/4 full evenly distributing the batter as best you can.  I actually used a silicone muffin pan.  Bake at 350º for around 30 minutes, but check them at 20 minutes as ovens vary. If not firm and dry to touch on tops, cook 5 or so minutes longer.  Remove from oven and in a few minutes, lift out with knife tip or tip onto board to finish cooling.  Serve warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 12 dinner rolls, each contains:

123 calories, 8.56 g fat, 6.53 g carbs, 3.93 g fiber, 2.6 g NET CARBS, 4.85 g protein, 222 mg sodium

 

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I’ve been wanting to try my delicious Einkorn Dinner Roll recipe as a sweet muffin and this morning was the day.  Tried using my brand new jumbo muffin pan for the first time, too.  The pan cups here were filled 3/4 full and rose nicely!  Being jumbo, these are a bit carb-y, so you might want to make 12 regular-size muffins to cut the numbers below in half per muffin.  Alternately, you can use liquid sweeteners and cut carbs even more.  The psyllium and flax meal make these VERY filling, so not even the heartiest sweets eaters will ask for a second one.  Place those leftover muffins in a plastic bag and as with all low-carb baked goods, keep refrigerated until you want them again.  Should keep about a week.

This recipe is not suitable until you are near goal weight (Pre-Maintenance).

DRY INGREDIENTS:

1 ¼ c. almond flour

2 T. Einkorn flour

½ c. egg white protein powder

2 T. oat fiber

2 T. coconut flour

1 T. baking powder

2 T. golden flax meal

¼ tsp. sea salt

3 T. psyllium husk powder

½ c. Splenda (or equivalent sweetener of choice)

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. dry yeast dissolved in 2 T. warm water + 2 tsp. sugar (consumed by yeast)

5 large eggs, beaten

3 T. olive oil

2 T. melted butter

¼ c. egg whites (I use carton variety)

½ c. boiling water (added at very last)

TOPPING:  3/4 c. ch. pecans, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 3 T. melted butter, 2 T. Splenda

VARIATION:  Add a little brown sugar substitute to the topping mixture

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly oil a jumbo muffin tin with a brush and set aside.    Dissolve yeast in 2 T. warm water and add a 2 tsp. sugar (consumed by the yeast).  Set aside for now.  Mix topping ingredients in another small bowl, stir and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, measure out all dry ingredients.  Stir well.   In a separate bowl, beat eggs and add oil, melted butter and egg whites.  Beat until uniform and smooth.  Next add the dissolved yeast mixture and stir well.   Now pour  wet ingredients into dry ingredients and beat well with rubber spatula until all is moistened smooth. Add in boiling water all at once and beat well 15-20 times with spatula until smooth.  Using half-cup measuring cup, spoon batter into greased muffin pan slots, evenly distributing the batter as best you can.  Cups will be about 3/4 full.  sprinkle on topping evenly on the 6 muffins.  Pop in preheated 350º oven for around 20-22 minutes.  Check at 20 minutes as ovens vary.  If not firm and dry to touch center top, cook 2-3 minutes longer.  Remove from oven and cool 3-4 minutes. Gently lift out with knife tip and serve warm with butter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 jumbo muffins, each contains:

457 cals, 37.7 g fat, 18.83g carbs,  8.36g fiber,  10.47g NET CARBS (use liquid sweetener to lower), 19g protein, 497mg sodium (halve these numbers if you make regular-size muffins)

 

 

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Einkorn Sausage-Cheese Balls

This is an ever-popular party appetizer that never goes out of favor with your holiday guests.  I’m hosting the appetizers phase of our neighborhood annual Christmas round-robin dinner and this easy make-ahead treat will be easy to make ahead, heat and serve.  I have another Sausage Cheese Ball recipe on my website that rings in at only 1 net carb per ball but I like this one a bit better.  With fewer ingredients it’s a little easier to put together.  This recipe features my convenient homemade Einkorn Low-Carb Bake Mix (similar to Bisquick and Carbquick).  These tasty treats only have 1.76 net carbs per ball!  Not bad for the convenience of just reaching for 3 ingredients in lieu of a whole bunch of ingredients.   These are not suitable until the grains rung of the carb re-introduction ladder of Atkins Phase 2 OWL.  They are OK for Keto diets if you can fit a few into your daily carb limits.

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. breakfast sausage (I used my homemade breakfast sausage recipe)

1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

2 c. my Einkorn Bake Mix  (For gluten-free version, use Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix or another GF mix of your choice)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º. Mix the above ingredients in a medium bowl with your hands as you would a meatloaf mixture.  When thoroughly blended, form into 30 1″ balls and place on non-stick baking sheet or one lined with parchment or silicone sheet for ease of clean-up. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.  Remove to paper towels to drain off any excess grease (mine had none actually).  Serve warm and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 30  1″ balls, each sausage ball contains:

95 calories, 7.81 g  fat, 2.4 g  carbs, 0.64 g fiber, 1.76 g  NET CARBS, 4.82 g  protein, 81 mg sodium

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Einkorn Loaf Bread

I took my Lupin Flour Bread recipe, eliminated the lupin flour (I’m allergic) and did some major tweaking to come up with a delicious Einkorn Loaf Bread today.  My husband even said this was quite good and he’s real hard to please with low-carb breads.  It has a nice mouth feel, structure and elasticity one generally only finds in real flour breads.  Einkorn flour is real flour, but I only use 2 T. here, so you can’t really call this bread made from all real flour.  I even included some dissolved yeast for flavor, but it doesn’t impact rise so much.  There’s not enough gluten in 2 T. Einkorn flour for proper yeast “action”.  But it does give a little yeast taste.

I am not eating baked goods right now, so I only tasted and my husband will get to finish off this loaf.  This is going to make very tasty sandwiches.  It slices into fourteen ½” slices or twenty-eight ¼” slices.  Yes, this bread has enough structure to be able to slice it into ¼” slices!  See photo below.  WOO HOO!  🙂

Sadly this bread doesn’t toast much better than most low-carb breads, so I use this mostly for sandwiches and making croutons.  But the crust itself does toast nicely.  Here’s a loaf that I sliced into 27 slices.  I failed to make sure of my 1/4″ accuracy along the way.  But I almost got 28 slices just eyeballing my slices. 🙂

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This smoother crust was a result of heavy whisking of the batter.

I order my non-GMO Einkorn flour direct from Jovial Foods.  Some have found it in Safeways and other stores right on the shelf, but I’ve not been so lucky.  It’s not as expensive as some low-carb baking ingredients.  Einkorn is real, ancient wheat, that has not been hybridized.  I use only the tiniest amounts in the occasional baked goods recipes.  It brings so much texture and flavor for little increase in carbs.  This recipe is not suitable until you are near goal weight (Pre-Maintenance).

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DRY INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

2 T. Einkorn flour

½ c. egg white protein powder (I use NOW brand)

2 T. oat fiber

2 T. coconut flour

1 T. baking powder

2 T. golden flax meal (dark flax or a mixture can be used for a darker, nuttier-tasting bread)

¼ tsp. sea salt

3 T. psyllium husk powder (I use NOW brand)

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. dry yeast dissolved in 2 T. warm water + pinch sugar

5 large eggs, beaten

3 T. olive oil

¼ c. egg whites (I used the ones in a carton)

½ c. boiling water (added last)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease or oil a standard 5×8″ loaf pan and set aside.  Dissolve yeast in 2 T. warm water and add a tiny pinch sugar.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, measure out all dry ingredients.  Stir well.  In another medium bowl, add the first 5 wet ingredients (all but the boiling water) and beat with a fork.  Add the dissolved yeast mixture to the wet ingredients and stir.   Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat well using a rubber spatula. Slowly add the boiling water to the batter and using a whisk, beat until smooth of lumps.  Spoon batter into greased loaf pan and bake at 350º for 30 minutes and test for doneness with toothpick.   If not done, cook 5-10 minutes longer.  Remove from oven and in a few minutes, tip onto board to finish cooling.  Stats below are calculated for 14 slices ½” thick.  I will also provide numbers for entire loaf so that you can figure out your own for the number of slices you choose to cut.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: 

Entire loaf:  1480 calories, 102.8 g  fat, 78.4 g  carbs, 47.2 g  fiber,  31.2 g  NET CARBS,     58.2 g  protein, 2669 mg sodium

If cut in 14 slices, ½”, @ contains: 106 calories, 7.3 g  fat, 5.60 g  carbs, 3.37 g  fiber, 2.23 g  NET CARBS, 4.15 g  protein, 191 mg sodium

If cut in 28 slices, ¼”, @ contains:  53 calories, 3.67 g fat, 2.8 g carbs, 1.68 g fiber, 1.12 g NET CARBS, 2.07 g protein, 95 mg sodium

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I made some delicious “Melba Toast®” today from a loaf of Maria Emerich’s Amazing Bread (slightly modified).  Given the moisture level of the interior of this bread, I wasn’t sure it would work………………… BUT IT DID!   I used these crisp cracker-like toasts to serve the leftover Smoked Steelhead Trout Spread I whipped up yesterday for lunch.  They were a delicious vehicle for the spread!  My husband was out of town yesterday and didn’t get to taste my delicious spread.  My husband loves Melba Toast® and said these were almost as crisp and tastier than the original!  And the spread was a hit, too!  Can’t wait to try these melba toasts with marmalade in the morning!  This recipe is not suitable (with my modifications) until you are nearing goal weight at the final grains rung of the carb-ladder of Phase 2.

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INGREDIENTS:  (my 2 minor changes to Maria’s recipe in blue)

1 tsp. dry yeast + ½ tsp. real sugar dissolved in:

¼ c. warm water

3 c. almond flour

½ c. Einkorn flour

10 T. psyllium husk powder

4 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

5 T. apple cider vinegar

6 egg whites, beaten in a bowl with a whisk until frothy

1½ c. boiling water

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  You’ll need to first bake the loaf of bread these are made from (unless you already have a loaf baked and ready).  Lightly oil the ends of an 8×4″ loaf pan.  Lay a sheet of parchment (cut to fit) into the bottom that rolls up the long sides of the pan.

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the ¼ c. warm water with the sugar.  Let it sit on your counter while you measure out your other ingredients.

In a medium mixing bowl, measure out all listed dry ingredients.  Stir well to make sure they are uniformly mixed.  Into the yeast/water mixture, add the beaten egg whites and cider vinegar.  Stir well to blend.  Now add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients bowl and stir a few times.  All at once,  pour the boiling water over the mixture and stir quickly and briskly with a fork to pull it together into a contiguous ball of dough.  Switching to a rubber spatula, scrap the sides of the bowl down to get all of the dough.  Spoon the dough into your oiled/papered pan.  Pop into 350º oven for about 1 hour.  Check often after 50 minutes as ovens vary.  When toothpick stuck into center comes out dry and clean, it’s done.  Remove and chill in the refrigerator for at least a couple hours overnight before proceeding.

Preheat oven to 350º.  When the loaf of bread is completely chilled, remove from refrigerator and slice into 40 very thin slices ½cm or 3/16″ thick.  Lay them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Pop pan into oven and bake on first side for about 15-20 minutes (again, ovens vary, so keep an eye out on these so as not to over brown).  Remove from oven, turn each toast over and pop back into oven for about another 10 minutes only.  When you are satisfied they have dried out and are lightly browned, remove them and cool.  Serve as is with your favorite jams, jellies.  They will likely lose their crunchiness when stored, but just reheat on low oven setting (300º) awhile, or make fewer of them for immediate consumption.

NOTE:  *For party spreads and cheese balls, you might prefer a smaller, cracker shape.  Just cut the “toasts” in half before baking.  

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 40 “Melba Toasts”, each contains:

57 cals, 3.86g fat, 4.77g carbs, 2.62g fiber, 2.15g NET CARBS, 2.4g protein, 118mg sodium

  • If cut in halves, recipe makes 80 square crackers with 1.07 net carbs per cracker.

 

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I’m so pleased to share a low-carb bake mix I’ve put together.  It only has 4.83 net carbs per ¼ cup of mix!  That’s fewer carbs than my Einkorn Bake Mix!  Regular Pioneer Bake Mix has 25 net carbs per ¼ cup; Bisquick has 27 net carbs per 1/3 c. (or about the same as Pioneer); Carbalose Flour has 4.8 net carbs per ¼ c.; Carbquik has only 2 net carbs per 1/3 c. but has a funny background taste to me, even their new and improved product.  So the difficulty when chosing ingredients based on flavor and carb count is indeed very delicate balance.

My inspirational recipe was a low-carb flour mix I saw over on Pam’s Low Carb and Delicious blog (she links to the mix inside the bread recipe).  Hers has 18 NC per 1/2 cup; mine has 9.66 NC per 1/2 cup.  So a nice carb drop, don’t you think?  But isn’t her bread photo a thing of beauty? My goodness, the rise on that loaf in the pic!  I plan on trying her bread soon, but with her original flour mix recipe, nothing tweaked, the first time I bake it.  Then I’ll turn around and bake it again with my new bake mix so I can readily compare the two loaves.  🙂

I modified considerably both what ingredients I chose to use for my mix as well as the amounts of those ingredients.  I have also added several additional ingredients to her original recipe.  The final bake mix has produced two baked items for me already that I am quite pleased with:  a 2-serving vanilla microwave quick cake

Vanilla MW Cake made with mix

Vanilla Microwave Cake

and an oven-baked Blueberry-Lemon Snack Cake (I’ll be posting that recipe soon).

Blueberry-Lemon Snack Cake

Blueberry-Lemon Snack Cake

Both the hubs and I found them delicious, with a very smooth texture.  Best of all, neither had a funny taste that many low-carb breads have.  My next tests will be in my Fluffy Pancakes recipe and I’ll try it in my fav RWS Biscuits recipe. After those, I’ll be trying this mix to make a pie crust eventually, perhaps for my Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie.  Then I’ll know this mix is a keeper.

I think this mix is going to prove to be a good one, so stay tuned for me to be posting new recipes I use it in successfully.  This recipe makes a big batch of nearly 11 cups of mix, so you might want to make up just 1/2 this recipe and play around with the mix in 1 or 2 of your favorite, tested recipes and see  what you think.  I would love your feedback/findings in the comments section below.

INGREDIENTS:

4 c. almond flour

1 c. oat flour (I grind mine from rolled oats)

½ c. oat fiber

½ c. Einkorn Flour

1 c. vital wheat gluten

2 c. Carbalose Flour

2 c. unflavored whey protein isolate

1 T. glucomannan powder

4 tsp. baking powder

DIRECTIONS:    If grinding your own oat flour (my 2 local grocers don’t carry oat flour that is pre-ground), do this step first, letting your food processor or blender run a pretty long time for the finest grind possible.  This will lead to better texture in your final baked goods. When you have 1 cup of oat flour ground, place in large mixing bowl.  Measure all other ingredients into the bowl.  Stir well.  Then stir well at least 4 more times!  You want the ingredients uniformly mixed.  Spoon mix into lidded container and store in your pantry for use whenever you want to bake.  Since there is no fat or sweet item in this, you will, of course, have to add butter/oil/fat and and naturally, sweetener if making a dessert recipe.  Eggs and possibly cream/liquid will be needed for binding and moisture to achieve the correct batter thickness.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes about 11 cups bake mix.

1 cup mix: 443 cals, 24.9g fat, 33.78g carbs, 14.44g fiber, 19.34g NET CARBS, 34.4g protein, 223 mg sodium

¼ cup mix: 110 cals, 6.22g fat, 8.44g carbs, 3.61g fiber, 4.83g NET CARBS, 8.61g protein, 55.7 mg sodium

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